The OnePlus 6 is Here: What’s New?

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OnePlus unveiled their flagship for 2018, OnePlus 6, yesterday(May 16) in a London event. This is their 8th smartphone so far and their costliest starting at $529. Let’s see what’s new in the OnePlus 6.

OnePlus 6 has a Bigger Display

OnePlus 6 Screen

The OnePlus 6 has a slightly bigger, 6.2” display compared to the 5.8” one found on the OnePlus 5T. This is an FHD+ Optic AMOLED panel but now sports an iPhone X like the notch. Very 2018! The panel is the same as the outgoing flagship’s but now has “ears” around the notch that gives you more screen real estate.

Better, Faster Processor and Improved Specs

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OnePlus 6 is faster than ever
OnePlus 6 is faster than ever

Powering the flagship from OnePlus is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. This is a step up from the previous generation Snapdragon 835. It comes in two variants – 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB options. While this may be old and if the 128GB version isn’t good enough for your needs, you can always go for the limited edition Avengers: Infinity War OnePlus 6 which will have 256GB UFS 2.1 flash storage.

Splash Proof Chassis

OnePlus 6 chassis
The OnePlus 6 comes in different colors

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Unlike the previous generations, the OnePlus 6 is splash-proof. Still no IP rating but better than nothing. So while you cannot take it in the pool, you can feel free to use it to some extent in the rain.

New Design – and the Dreaded Notch

The Notch on the OnePlus 6
The Notch on the OnePlus 6

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OnePlus too has adopted the notch up front and while this is much smaller, it isn’t a fan favorite. The chin is very small too and it looks very clean from the front. Moving over to the back, there is a dual camera setup but it now is centered and vertical. Below it is an oval fingerprint sensor followed by the logo.

This is OnePlus’s first phone with a glass back, but strangely enough, it doesn’t have wireless charging. There is one version of the glass back which is matte. They achieved this by sanding the glass back enough for it to maintain its structural integrity and not shatter while still feeling premium.

Better Improved Camera!

OnePlus 6 Camera
OnePlus 6 (image courtesy of The Verge)

On the surface, the camera’s look unchanged with the configuration being 16MP+20MP, but there are new Sony sensors in the OnePlus 6. Some new portrait mode enhancements have also been announced. The front camera is a 16MP shooter with the IMX371 sensor and f/2.0 aperture.

There are a whole lot of things that have just been carried over to the OnePlus 6 from the previous generations too! These include the same Dash Charging technology. The same old 3300mAh battery size and no wireless charging. When compared to the OnePlus 5T, it even has the same RAM and storage options and even the run Android Oreo out of the box.

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